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People at Oswald's and St. Sebastian's Parish

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Parish Priest:
Fr. Liam Collister

Deacon  & Chaplain:
Rev. John Power


Born in Anfield, Fr. Liam was educated at All Saints infants and juniors, before attending De La Salle (Liverpool) Secondary school for GCSE's, and Saint Francis Xavier’s VI Form College for A Levels.


After leaving school, he worked in the care industry for 12 years in a number of residential and nursing homes in Liverpool. He even continued to work in the care sector during his training!


Fr. Liam attended Saint Cuthbert's seminary, in Ushaw (Durham), and was ordained Deacon in the college chapel on 11th June 2011, one of the last men to be ordained in Saint Cuthbert's before it closed as a seminary.


He completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint Marie’s Seminary, in Oscott (Birmingham), before being ordained to the priesthood at Saint Matthew’s Church, Clubmoor (Liverpool) in July 2012.


Fr. Liam has a varied ministry, including Assistant Priest at the Metropolitan Cathedral, On-call Chaplain to The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals, Assistant Priest at Saint Julie and Saint Theresa (St Helens), and Parish Priest at Our Lady of Walsingham (Netherton). Fr. Liam joined the Parish Communities in March 2020.


John is married with two grown up children and a dog, Milo! You have probably seen him being dragged around the streets of the parish on most days.


Prior to his ordination as a permanent deacon in 2020, John was a secondary school teacher and studied for the Diaconate at Hinsley Hall in Leeds. 

He was born in Bootle and attended the Salesian School there. John has degrees in Information Technology and Education.


He has been a volunteer with the Catholic Chaplaincy at Broadgreen hospital and Sacristan at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt.

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